May 08, 2022

Two-day PBA Draft Combine set for return

FOR the first time in three years, the PBA will be holding a Draft Combine featuring the 75 applicants for the May 15 Rookie Draft.

The two-day event is set at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong on May 11 and 12.

It will be the first Draft Combine since 2019.

The league was forced to shelve the activity in 2020 and 2021, respectively, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the PBA held a first ever virtual Rookie Draft last year, no Draft Combine was staged and instead, teams were just made to invite rookie prospects to work out with them.

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The first day of the Draft Combine is reserved for anthropometry tests where players' height, weight, vertical leap, among others, are measured for record purposes.

The final day meanwhile, will have all applicants spread out to all 12 teams and play a mini-tournament where a champion and Finals MVP are named.

Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser, Jeremiah Gray, Justin Baltazar, Justin Arana, Sedrick Barefield, JM Calma, Jeo Ambohot, Tyler Tio, Gian Mamuyac, Carlo De Chavez, Mark Dyke, Tyrus Hill, and Shaun Ildefonso are just some of the large group of players who applied as part of this year's rookie batch.

All participants in the Draft Combine will still be required to undergo health and safety protocols, including antigen testing before the start of the event.

The Rookie Draft is set on May 15 at the Robinson's Place in Manila. (RG)

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